A group of 38 state lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday urging him to remove New York from a national program that has been a cornerstone of the Obama administration's immigration enforcement efforts.
In response to Governor Quinn's (see previous blog post from today) attempt to opt-out of the Secure Communities Program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is saying "No, actually. We won't let you."
As the federal government and state legislatures try to expand the role of police in immigration enforcement, state and local police are pushing back. In Texas, Illinois, California, and elsewhere, law enforcement leaders are speaking out against proposals to gut their community policing policies and require them to...
A program that is central to President Obama's strategy to toughen enforcement of immigration laws is facing growing resistance from state governments. Late Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois said he was pulling his state out of the program, known as Secure Communities, the first time a state has...
Michael Hennessey, San Francisco's sheriff, has a captivating (and compassionate) piece in the San Francisco Chronicle today, making the case against a much-loved GOP immigration enforcement strategy better know as the Secure Communities Program.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren called for an investigation into federal immigration practices, noting that ICE and DHS has forced local police departments into participating in the Secure Communities Program -- an ICE-agency program designed to identify undocumented immigrants, prioritize them based on what kind of crime they've committed (if...
On Friday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-16) asked that federal immigration officials be investigated, claiming that they lied about whether counties and states had the right to opt out of the Secure Communities program.
In order to get California localities on board the Secure Communities program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had to resort to deliberate deception, fudging the facts as to whether the program was voluntary, what its priorities would be, and where it derived its authority.
The Washington Post's editorial praising the Secure Communities program ("How to improve an immigration status check," March 20th) glossed over some very important details. If the program was targeted at actual criminals, it wouldn't be so controversial and police agencies wouldn't be asking to opt-out.
There is growing concern that the federal 287(g) and "Secure Communities" programs, which puts local law enforcement officers on the front lines of enforcing federal immigration laws, are actually making communities less secure.